The MLB has agreed to a seven-year deal with Turner Sports for nearly $3.745 billion at $535 million per season, representing a 65 percent increase over the previous contract between the two parties.
Turner will try to make their new deal more similar to the one it has with the NBA with a prime-time weeknight game and a new studio show.
“We are not going to replicate ‘Inside The NBA’ because I don’t think it is possible to do that,” Warner Media News & Sports chairman Jeff Zucker said. “That is the premier show in all of sports broadcasting. On the other hand, I did think there was an opportunity to enhance our baseball studio show and that was a priority for me, as well.”
Fox has already locked up the long-term rights to the World Series. ESPN's extension is also being worked upon, though the network prefers less bulk and more premier games.